Our client is a market leading, Plc manufacturing business with sites located across the UK. The Group has a strong and resilient business model and this, combined with considerable expertise in managing complex projects and 'best in class' engineering, has resulted in a strong platform to increase its market share and profitability.
They seek to appoint a Finance Director for their Northern Irish business who will report directly to the Managing Director, but with a dotted line to the Group Finance Director. This role requires a commercial finance professional who will act as a true business partner to their fellow executive colleagues and the operational management across the Group. The overall objective of this role is to improve performance and profitability of the business, positively influencing earnings per share and increasing shareholder value for the Group.
Responsibilities for this role will include:
- Work closely with the divisional board colleagues and the Group executive team to determine the strategy of the business and help drive commercial and operational performance.
- Provide leadership to the NI finance team, currently c10 heads, through two direct reports.
- All financial management reporting and planning, including budgeting, P&L, cash flow and balance sheet forecasting, as well as investment appraisals for significant business transactions.
- Ensure that the division provides all the necessary financial information required by Group in a timely manner and work closely with Group management.
- Provide a highly commercial outlook on strategy, with an appropriate degree of risk assessment and management, as they participate in divisional boardroom debate on the evolution of the business.
- Offer support and advice to the Managing Director across all areas including supplier relationships, negotiation of contract review, taxation, pricing strategy, management of overheads, operational improvements, working capital and cash flow management.
- Understanding, and being able to articulate, the main drivers of business performance and specifically, the benefits of current and prior operational improvements and investment decisions.
- Develop and manage the necessary internal resources, culture, processes, structures and management controls to support the above.
The successful candidates is likely to be a graduate who is a qualified chartered accountant, preferably 'big four' trained or, alternatively, an outstanding management accountant who has been trained within a Plc corporate environment. Experience within the manufacturing/engineering sector is desirable but not essential and this person will have a demonstrable track record of improving company performance and profitability.